Monday 25 October 2010

Surf for your life

Surf for your life by Mick Fanning and Tom Baker (Random House)
HB RRP $19.95
ISBN 978-1-8647-1923-2
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

Surf for your life is a wonderful autobiography of two-time world champion Mick Fanning. It also doubles as a guide for young surfers (aka grommets). Fanning takes you into his world of surfing, reflecting on his extraordinary career from when he was a keen beginner, all the way up to the intense world circuit.

The book is broken into chapters, with surfing hints and tips lodged in between. There are hints and tips for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers, accompanied with excellent photos. There are some great step by step photos, making the guide easy to follow.

Surfing fans will lap up Fanning’s entertaining stories about his surfing life. Readers will ride the ups and downs with him. He doesn’t shy away from giving readers the real lowdown about being a famous surfer. I think this is a wonderful insight for readers who want to take surfing seriously. There is a nice supplement for surfing girls, written by Stephanie Gilmore. It’s a neat addition for any girls who might be daunted with the surfing scene.

Surf for your life is a comprehensive bible that surfers will love. Other readers will find an interesting tale about a sporting champion who’s making waves. It’s recommended for ages 9 and up.   

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